Books by Susan Middleton Elya

LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"This spirited interpretation of a classic fairy tale successfully mixes magic and reality, as well as Spanish and English words. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya presents a modern twist on a familiar fairy tale in her signature style using rhyming, predominantly English text that skillfully incorporates Spanish words and phrases. Read full book review >
FIRE! FUEGO! BRAVE BOMBEROS by Susan Middleton Elya
Released: April 24, 2012

"This winner is sure to find a spot on shelves, although it won't stay there long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya has proven herself a master at painlessly weaving Spanish vocabulary into her stories, and this latest is no exception. Read full book review >
RUBIA AND THE THREE <i>OSOS</i> by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"All pedagogy should be this palatable. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
The perennially popular "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" assumes a Spanish accent in this contemporary retelling. Read full book review >
NO MORE, POR FAVOR by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"An illustrated glossary and pronunciation guide completes the fare. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Finicky eaters abound in this rainforest/selva, in which several bilingual baby animals refuse their normal foods. Read full book review >
A YEAR FULL OF HOLIDAYS by Susan Middleton Elya
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

"Preschool and kindergarten teachers will find this a tool of limited utility, as they will have to look elsewhere for holidays outside the Christian tradition and for alternative-family arrangements. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young children who are always looking forward to the next holiday (and the adults they pester) will appreciate this one, as long as they are white Americans of the basically Judeo-Christian variety. Read full book review >
ADIÓS, TRICYCLE by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"The undifferentiated suburban setting and the portrayal of the main character as a little piggy instead of a Hispanic child, which the text suggests, does not, however, offer a clear connection between his bilingualism and his ethnic background. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The troubles of a little one not ready to give away his tricycle and the tricks he plays to hide it at his parents' yard sale will charm young children even as the story introduces them to such concepts as growing up, money and markets and the joy of sharing and giving. Read full book review >
TOOTH ON THE LOOSE by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"A glossary ensures further comprehension, even though the bilingual poemas will provide no problemas. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Waiting for her very wiggly tooth to come out so she may use the tooth-fairy money to purchase a birthday present for Papá, a little Latino girl is encouraged by her family to facilitate its extraction with bites of an apple or corn cob and string tied to a doorknob—to no avail. Read full book review >
BEBÉ GOES TO THE BEACH by Susan Middleton Elya
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"A glossary provides extra support, particularly for pronunciation. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This second Bebé-y-Mamá outing (Bebé Goes Shopping, 2006) takes the team to the beach for a day filled with sand, sun and some more Spanish-language fun. Read full book review >
N IS FOR NAVIDAD by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An author's note provides further information (noting that most of the customs included are Mexican in origin), and a glossary gives pronunciations for the Spanish words and complete definitions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A lively introduction to Latino Christmas traditions follows an alphabetical structure as a way to introduce key Spanish terms and explain holiday customs and activities. Read full book review >
OH NO, GOTTA GO #2 by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"This tale about the necessary is definitely necessary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Elya has created yet another winner in this natural followup to Oh No, Gotta Go! (2003). this time, the young heroine is on a picnic at the park with her parents. Read full book review >
SOPHIE’S TROPHY by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Useful and fun in either a classroom or home venue. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
This tale of two toads told in rhyme incorporates Spanish words into the story. Read full book review >
BEBÉ GOES SHOPPING by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"Salerno's cheerful, energetic swirls of color and line, ample white space and changing perspectives transform an everyday outing into a dramatic adventure that will leave readers smiling along with Mamá and Bebé. (glossary of Spanish words with pronunciation key) (Picture book. 2-6)"
An energetic young mother, black ponytail jauntily flipping, is accompanied by her equally energetic curly-topped bebé on an outing to the supermercado, "a really big store . . . with groceries galore." Read full book review >
F IS FOR FIESTA by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"As an alphabet book incorporating the Spanish language and Latino culture, however, it shines. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The team that brought readers Oh, No, Gotta Go! (2003), with its seamless weaving of Spanish into English and its richly colored illustrations featuring big heads and little bodies, returns with a birthday story in the form of an alphabet book. Read full book review >
FAIRY TRAILS by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"A glossary and pronunciation guide to Spanish terms precedes the story, but is rendered unnecessary by Elya's self-explicative text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
More sedate and episodic than her marvelous Oh, No! Read full book review >
COWBOY JOSÉ by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Recommended mainly for its language possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rollicking rhymed "Spanglish" couplets tell the tale of "Cowboy José, the vaquero" and his faithful horse Feo who "ride 'cross the prairie and belt out a song," and then get involved with a gal named Rosita, who is pretty—bonita. Read full book review >
OH NO, GOTTA GO! by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Appropriate for all children's collections: a real winner. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
In this rollicking gallop of a tale, the rhyming couplets provide the forward impetus and the ordinary, but tense situation supplies the humor. Read full book review >
EIGHT ANIMALS PLAY BALL by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"161;Bueno! (Picture book. 6-8)"
EIGHT ANIMALS BAKE A CAKE by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"An appealingly painless introduction to another language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The clever format of this delightful story will have even the youngest children speaking and understanding Spanish. Read full book review >
HOME AT LAST by Susan Middleton Elya
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A well-told story of triumph and family solidarity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elya (Eight Animals on the Town, not reviewed, etc.) departs here from her usual format of teaching Spanish to explore the difficulties faced by immigrants in a new land. Read full book review >
SAY HOLA TO SPANISH, OTRA VEZ (AGAIN!) by Susan Middleton Elya
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"And if the words have verve, the art fairly dances off the page. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another bright-eyed dose of Spanish vocabulary from Elya (Say Hola to Spanish, 1996). Read full book review >
SAY HOLA TO SPANISH by Susan Middleton Elya
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

Sunny illustrations and a rhyming text introduce 70 Spanish words in surprisingly straightforward English sentences: ``A dog is a perro,/a cat is a gato./You drink from a vaso/and eat from a plato.'' In addition to providing translations for those who need more help than is supplied in the decidedly Western-flair illustrations, the glossary also insures that the newly bilingual get the pronunciation right. Read full book review >